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Athens News Matters for January 13, 2023

COVID-19 surges have been well documented around the holidays as people return to work and school, and this year is no different. Cases of RSV and the flu are also rising across the country. We contacted Dr. Spencer Fox, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, for insight into the state of COVID-19 in our community.

January is a month dedicated to raising awareness about a silent killer present in many homes--radon. Derek Cooper is a radon educator with the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. He sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley earlier this week to discuss radon, its effects, and how to mitigate its presence in homes.

For many, the New Year means making resolutions. Often those decisions revolve around our diets—what we eat and how much. But what does the world of diet science have to say about making diet-related resolutions that will last? Beth O’Shea Kindamo is a nutrition educator at UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley earlier this week to discuss the latest developments in the world of diet science, and what they reveal about making resolutions for the New Year.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!